Beautiful Sayings

Narrated Anas bin Malik from the Messenger of Allah, sal Allahu alaihi wasallam:

يَسِّرُوا وَلاَ تُعَسِّرُوا ، وَبَشِّرُوا وَلاَ تُنَفِّرُوا

“Make things easy for people, and do not put them into difficulty. Give them good news, and do not repel them.” [Sahih al-Bukhari: The Book of Knowledge, Hadeeth 69]

“Be firm with yourself, and lenient with others.” – Imam Shaafi’i

Islam vs Izlam

Islam (peace and submission to God) is a way of life, which is full of love, mercy and kindness1, for everyone2, opposes terror and oppressors3, ensures justice4, strongly forbids unjust killing and suicide5, self defensive as well as tolerant6, gives equal status and rights to women7, offers absolute freedom of faith and freedom of religion8, against priesthood and religious peddlers9, preaches secularism and pluralism10, gives rights to orphans, poor and widows11, strongly encourages people to free their slaves that they already possess12, promises eternal peace and salvation in the hereafter13, and so on. Continue reading

Blind Men and the Elephant: Media Outlets, Political pundits and the Pew Study on Muslim Americans

The Pew Research Center has issued an interesting study of Muslim Americans on May 22 and it was reported widely in the American media. The thrust of the Pew study, “Muslim American: Middle Class and mostly Mainstream” is that Muslim Americans are “decidedly American in their outlook, values and attitudes.” It is, however, shocking that several media outlets and political pundits projected Pew’s overall positive picture of the American Muslim community in a very negative and biased way. Continue reading

Muslim Population: Southern California vs New York

I wrote this in 03/2003:

CAIR estimates that more than 500,000 Muslims live in Southern California, 225,000 of them in Los Angeles County and 120,000 of them in Orange County. CAIR bases most of this on an estimation by Amir Hussain, Department of Religious Studies, CSU, Northridge. This is the most widely accepted figure across the Muslim organizations and the US Government web sites.

There are 550,000 Iranians in Southern California, 75% i.e.. 412,000 of these are Muslims, according to the Iranian Christians International. This is most unbiased statistic available. Continue reading